Well, howdy there, cutie.
"You mean welcome back to Ponyville. Grand Pear was originally from here..."
"...before he opened his famous pear jam store in Vanhoover."
"Really? Why'd ya move back?"
"Well, I needed a change of pace."
"I can't believe I've gone my whole life without ever havin' this."
"Wow! Thanks, Mr. Grand Pear, sir!"
"It was real nice meetin' you!"
Making a good first impression with his youngest grandfilly before she finds out about his past.
"Glad you're back, sugarcube."
"Just in time for breakfast for dinner."
Pancakes: not just a breakfast food.
"I got the perfect topper for flapjacks at the market today."
"What were you thinkin'?!"
Hurry, Big Mac, if Granny Smith sees the pear jam, she's gonna flip.
"What's the big deal? It's just pear jam."
"The big deal is that there is a long-standing feud..."
"...between the Apples and the Pears!"
"Actually, I-I'm-I'm not really sure."
"You have any idea, Big Mac?"
"Then I guess we should ask Granny?"
"Uh, what goes better with apple fritter flapjacks..."
"...caramel syrup or praline!"
"That smells great, Applejack."
"I'ma go wash up for supper. Be right back."
"Anytime Big Mac and I ever asked Granny about the feud or the Pears..."
"...she'd get so upset she couldn't talk."
"But that Grand Pear was really nice to me, even though I'm an Apple."
"I wonder what happened."
"Me, too. But if we can't ask Granny..."
"We can ask Goldie Delicious!"
"If anypony knows about the feud..."
"...it's the family historian!"
"What do you say, Big Mac?"
"Siblin' trip first thing tomorrow?"
"Eeyup!" I even have our road trip snacks right here!
"Now, that's how you make an entrance!"
"Well, anyway, it's so wonderful to see you three."
"To what do I owe the pleasure?"
"We were hopin' you could tell us about the, uh..."
"...feud with the Apples and the Pears."
"Does Granny Smith know you're here?"
"But I ran into Grand Pear yesterday, and he was real nice."
"Maybe the feud was a misunderstandin' or somethin', and we can fix it?"
"I don't know about that, little one."
"But if it's a story you're after, I suppose you have a right to know."
"Apple Family History, Volume 137!"
"Here we are. 'Feud with the Bears'."
"I mean, 'Pears'. My eyes ain't what they used to be."
"...Sweet Apple Acres wasn't the only farm in Ponyville."
"In fact, there was another one just right next door."
"Come and get your apples!"
"Nothin' sweeter than bitin' into a crisp apple..."
"...on a beautiful fall day!"
"...you could bite into a juicy pear."
"Please. Pears are just what happens..."
"when you ain't no good at farmin' apples."
"Pears are nature's candy."
"Like the expression on your face right now." (Ohh, what a burn)
"And then, the little tree reached his branches up to the moon..."
"...and the moon said, 'Good night.'"
You pears think you're smarter than us, don't you?
The only Apple and Pear who ever got along...
...were Bright McIntosh...
"I'm not supposed to talk to you."
"I'm not supposed to talk to you either."
Articulate at an age even younger than Coloratura
"If you hold a buttercup under your chin..."
"...it'll make your chin glow."
"But it doesn't work on me."
"It sure does, Buttercup."
"Buttercup. I like that name."
Wait an apple-pickin' minute!
"Bright Mac and Buttercup?"
"Those are our parents' names!" (Cue the fandom's collective gasp.)
"Of course Buttercup was just a nickname your father gave your mother."
"Pear Butter – well, that was her given name."
"Are you sayin' our mother was a... Pear?!"
"I can't believe it! How did we not know?!"
"Well, uh, nopony called your mother Pear Butter."
"And her cutie mark was a preserve jar, but pear butter don't look too much different from apple butter, so no clues there."
"Is there a-anythin' else you can tell us about them?"
"I know they loved each other very much."
"They had that magical, star-kissed..."
"...other-side-of-a-rainbow kind of love."
"You couldn't be around them too long..."
"...and not feel a little bit lighter than air yourself."
"I'd need Volume 138 for that."
"I'm sure I could wrangle it... in a couple of days."
"That's all right, Goldie. It was... nice just to hear—"
"Ooh-hoo-hoo! I just remembered somethin'!"
"Your dad and his buddy Burnt Oak would get in all kinds of trouble together as colts."
"Burnt Oak? The firewood salespony?"
"I haven't seen him in ages."
"He and your dad were thick as thieves back in the day."
"Y'all should talk to him."
"Well, well, if it isn't the Apples."
"I know you're not here for firewood."
"You're right. We're not here for that."
"Come to ask about your dad?"
"I wondered if you might. Hoped you would. It's nice to talk about him."
"We had a lot of laughs. In fact, this one time..."
We were racin' to see who could till the fastest...
...and Bright Mac was leavin' me in the dust.
"Pear Butter, what did you do?!"
"The water silo. It was my fault."
Looks like somepony likes an honest stallion.
My daughter? In love with an Apple?
"You owe me a new silo, boy!"
Come with me, young mare.
"No daughter of mine is gonna make goo-goo eyes at an Apple!"
Uh, Mac? You okay there, pal?
"Grand Pear never would've known it was your father's fault."
"But there was no way he'd let your mother take the blame for somethin' he did."
"So Dad was super honest!"
"Apple doesn't fall far from the tree, huh, Applejack?" (Pun very much intended)
"Your dad worked the Apple farm all day..."
"...and then headed over to the Pears on his breaks to fix the water silo."
"I didn't see him for weeks!"
"Gave him a chance to get to know your mom."
"Did you know our mom, too?"
"Buttercup was a real peach of a Pear."
"But if you want to know more about her, you should ask Mrs. Cake."
"She and your mom were inseparable when they were fillies."
"Uh, would it be okay if we stopped by again sometime..."
"...to hear more stories?"
"I'd like that very much."
The emotional 'gravitas' is strong here!
I spy with my little eye... the Princess of Friendship? Twilight Sparkle?
"Well, cinnamon sugar on toast!"
"All three Apple siblings!"
"Hi, Mrs. Cake. We heard you and our ma used to be real good friends..."
"...and we were hopin' you could tell us a bit about her."
"I never knew the right time to bring it up."
"But I'm so glad you came!"
"For starters, did you all know that it was your mom who convinced me to pursue baking?"
"But isn't your name Mrs. Cake?"
"Back when I was Chiffon Swirl..."
"...I had no idea what I was supposed to do."
"But one day, your mom brought me some candied pears..."
"...and told me to just be creative!"
"Next thing I knew, I was whipping up pear upside-down cake..."
"...and I got my cutie mark!"
"It was like she knew what I was supposed to do long before I did."
Apple Bloom feels closer to her mother than ever before.
"Just like you, sugarcube!"
"Or rather, you're just like her!"
"That was the first of many cakes for me..."
...and Buttercup was with me through it all.
Getting a little TV-Y7, if you know what I mean.
"Sorry. I just brought you a little something to say thank you."
Well, not busy YET, but given a little privacy...
"Promise you won't say anything?"
Cross my heart and hope to fly, stick a cupcake in my eye.
Looks like Bright Macintosh has a few friends over. Just Chiffon Swirl and…
"What in tarnation are you doin', Bright Mac?!"
"We do not fraternize with Pears!"
That looks like it'd REALLY hurt.
"I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes."
"Your families hate each other."
"We just sorta... happened."
Buttercup? Sweetie? Are you feeling okay?
"Happy one hundred and thirty-one thousand..."
"...four hundred and fifty-six hour anniversary, darlin'."
"That's way longer than we've been together."
"...but it's the anniversary of..."
"...the first time I called you 'Buttercup'."
"It's okay if you didn't get me anythin'."
"I don't know how to play."
♪ We're far apart in every way ♪
♪ But you're the best part of my day ♪
♪ And sure as I breathe the air ♪
♪ I know we are the perfect pair ♪
♪ On a prickly path that goes on for miles ♪
♪ But it's worth it just to see you smile ♪
Lady and the Tramp Equestrian style.
♪ And I cannot be pulled apart ♪
♪ From the hold you have on my heart ♪
♪ And even if the world tells us it's wrong ♪
♪ You're in my head like a catchy song ♪
"Do you like it? Be honest now."
"It's the best gift you could've given me!"
♪ The seasons change and leaves may fall ♪
♪ But I'll be with you through them all ♪
♪ You'll always be mine ♪
♪ On a prickly path that goes on for miles ♪
♪ Who makes it all worthwhile ♪
♪ And you should not blame me, too ♪
♪ If I can't help fallin' in love with you... ♪
(Did she just say what I think she did?)
(Did I just say what I think I did?!)
"I was gonna tell you the same thing."
"You're just mad I beat you to it."
"I'm tellin' ya, I was gonna pull you up..."
"...lead you over here..."
"...and say, 'Surprise!'"
"'Oh, Bright Mac, I love it!'"
"Too bad it didn't work out though."
... triggers three Le Gasps in the present.
"I mean, I figured the Pears moved..."
"...but I didn't know all that stuff happened before with Granny and Grand Pear."
"It must've been really hard on our parents."
"To Vanhoover?! But that's so far!"
"There's acres of untouched land..."
"...and a warehouse to make our jams."
"We'll get to expand our business..."
"...and get away from those gosh-darned Apples."
"What do you want me to do, Bright Mac?"
"We're movin'. I love you, but..."
"...I have to stay with my family."
"What?! What did he do?!"
"Tell us! Tell us!"
"We're gonna need one more pony to tell that story."
"Mayor Mare, you knew our parents?"
"Not as well as Mrs. Cake..."
"...but I did play a part in their love story."
"The night before the Pear family moved..."
"...Bright Mac asked me to meet him at the edge of Sweet Apple Acres."
"I don't want to be apart from you. Ever."
"I'm not sure what we'll do..."
"So sure that I'd marry you today."
♪ "Carefully on tip-hoof stealing/Breathing gently as we may" ♪ -- Gilbuck and Sullimane, HMS Whinnyfore
Whoa, the allusions to the secret wedding from Braveheart are strong.
Do you take Pear Butter to be your wife, Bright Mac? (I do)
Do you take Bright Mac to be your husband, Pear Butter? (I do)
"What's with all these here candles?!"
"Pear Butter! Where are ya?"
"You're supposed to be packing!"
"What are you two doing?"
"Buttercup and I are in love!"
"And we'll be married as soon as Mayor Mare says..."
"Oh! I now pronounce you husband and wife!"
"Doesn't that feel nice?"
Two ponies getting married during a beautiful night, if only Luna could see this, she would be glad.
"What are you talking about, married?!"
"You two can't be married!"
"Finally, something we can agree on."
"Pear Butter, enough of this nonsense."
"We're movin'! And you gotta stick with your family!"
"But... the Apples are my family now, too."
"Are you choosin' to be an Apple over being a Pear?!"
"Are you makin' me choose?"
What's your choice, Pear Butter?
"Then yeah. I guess I am." SHOCKS! Pear has Rarity's fierce eyelash pose!
My decision is final, Dad.
As much as Granny Smith despise the Pears, she will never go as far as to disown her own child.
Aww, Welcome to the family, sugarcube.
"I can't believe Grand Pear just up and left Ma like that!"
"No wonder Granny never told us about any of this."
"These things are never easy."
"And it's hard to know when it is a good time."
"It seems to me that now's as good a time as any."
"To talk to both our grandparents."
"I'm Applejack, and this here's Big McIntosh."
"But you already know who we are, don't ya?"
"Did you really move to Ponyville just for a change of pace?"
"Then you came here because you're sorry and that you wanted to get to know us, too?"